Public Health Announces Latest COVID Facts

Kern County Public Health Michelle Corson March 8, 2022– There are 162 newly reported confirmed cases in Kern County bringing our total confirmed cases to date to 240,461.

There are 9 new deaths being reported today and a total of 2,167 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

The 7-day case rate is 11.3 per 100,000.

As of yesterday, 1,161,058 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Kern County residents. 55.3% of Kern’s eligible population and 51.4% of Kern’s total population have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

As of yesterday, Kern County had 78 COVID-19 related hospitalizations and 15 are in the ICU.

Last week, the State announced changes to the masking mandate for both the general public and in school and childcare settings. Public indoor masking for unvaccinated individuals is no longer required but is strongly recommended. After March 11, masks will no longer be required, but will be strongly recommended in schools and childcare settings. Masking remains required in healthcare settings, correctional facilities, long-term care facilities, emergency shelters, homeless shelters, and public transportation. Learn more on the CDPH website.

Kern County Public Health continues to coordinate mobile COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites throughout the county and more information can be found on our website.

Story First Published: 2022-03-11